News and Updates

 

Houstonfest Scholarshipswinners announced!

 

Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for online contest

 

State Promo Video Contest

 

"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf! study material)

 

"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest

 

Scholarships at State

 

Contest Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)

 

Contest Promo Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Photo Gallery

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Lunch options

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

 

Important Dates

 

Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 4:00 p.m.:  Registration opens for pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" (teachers who submit a Houstonfest registration by the regular deadline will receive a link to register for this special contest)

 

Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.

 

Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 5, 2022Houstonfest (virtual) -  submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom

 

Tue., Feb. 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote Houstonfest judging ends

 

Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, 4:45 p.m.:  Houstonfest results announced via live-stream (see Results page for a recording of the awards show)

 

Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/18).

 

Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $12/student. Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due. Deadline to postmark State payment.

 

Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:  Deadline extended: Entries in promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson.

 

Sat., Feb. 26, 202240th Annual Texas State German Contest (virtual) -submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom (ask your teacher for the sheet with all the links!)

 

Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote State judging ends

 

Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.

 

Fri., Mar. 11, 2022 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

 

Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

This is the place for teachers to share tried-and-true strategies for preparing students for Houstonfest.  If you have a tip you'd like to share, submit it to the contest director.

 

 

Houstonfest director Rustin Buck, now retired from teaching, is willing to visit your school to make a presentation about Houstonfest to your classes or your German Club. Contact him to arrange a date.

 

 

 

Sign-Up List

 

I'm not sure how everyone handles having the students sign up for events, but here is a sign-up list that has spaces for all events offered at Houstonfest (meant to be printed and filled in by hand, although I guess you could type in it, too):

 

sign-up list for a normal, in-person contest

 

After talking to my classes about what Houstonfest is, I designate one morning a few days later when I hang up these lists around the room 30 minutes before school starts, and students can come in to sign up for what they want to do, first-come, first-served.  We continue filling them up during class throughout the day.  This is usually in October for me -- some may want to start earlier or later.

 

Even if you have a different method, the list may be useful for you because it has all events listed with the correct number of slots that are available for each.  For group events that have no maximum size (folk dance, play, skit, etc.), I included  a number of slots that I thought would be at the upper end of how many kids might want to sign up.

 

- submitted by Rustin Buck

 

Gail Cope, a retired German teacher and one of the co-founders of the Texas German contest system, has published a series of newsletters in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the Texas State German Contest in 2022. These newsletters contain a wealth of tips for preparing students for contest as well as lots of study material specifically applicable to the Culture tests and Pass auf! In fact, the improvised, Kahoot!-based Pass auf! format for our virtual contests in 2022 will draw many of its questions from these newsletters:

 

Texas State German Contest at 40 Newsletters

April-May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

November-December 2021

January-February 2022

 

Pass auf! Study Guides

 

The State director of Pass auf! has provided a Pass auf! Study Guide and a Vocabulary List for Erdkunde to guide contestants' studying.

 

As of 2017 there is a designated theme for each year. See more information on the Pass auf! Rules Page, Rule #7. There will be at least one question per round dealing with the year's theme. [The theme for 2017 was the Protestant Reformation (in honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517), the theme for 2018 was the German-Speaking World 1914-1945 (inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 2018), and the theme for 2019 was German-Americans.] The theme for 2022 is Bach, Beethoven, Brahms.

 

 

Compilation of tips from fall 2012 TFLA session by Rustin Buck and Jennifer Christianson:

link to webpage on Sprachfest site

as PDF

 

 

Sample Drama Pieces

 

Google Folder with many samples

 

- submitted by Jennifer Martin

 

Contacts for Polka Band Music

 

TRN Music Publisher, Inc.

 

- submitted by Laura Braun

 

Source of Choral Music

 

cpdl.org - lots of free PDFs of choral music; just look up a German composer by last name.

 

- submitted by Laura Braun

 

Sources of Poetry/Prose Selections

 

gedichteportal.de

 

Projekt Gutenberg (inexhaustible compendium of literature that is out of copyright!)

 

- submitted by Laura Braun

 

http://nddg.de/gedichtliste/

My Ukrainian exchange student just showed me a great website for German poetry. As far as I can tell, every German poem ever written is on this site. There are just thousands upon thousands of poems with the names of the authors. It's definitely a good resource for contest.

 

- submitted by David Kniess

 

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 4, 2023

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Heights High School in Houston

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

Texas State German Contest on Facebook

 

Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group